JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP: SPRING 2009 SEMESTER
2L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.28
3L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.35
Judicial Externship is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail
program open to students who have completed at least their
first full year of law school and want to do legal research
and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate
judge or a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court
Judicial Externship enables a student to become involved
in particular legal problems through research and writing,
and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by
writing memoranda and drafting opinions. Depending upon
the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe
the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge
or the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys
face in their profession, as well as the specific problems
confronted in the courtroom.
Applications for Spring Judicial Externships will be available
in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career
Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria as of Monday,
Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole
Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices,
by Wednesday, October 8th, at 5:00 p.m.
Spring 2009 Semester
Judicial Externship with U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration
Description: Will assist panel of seven immigration judges
by writing legal memoranda, conducting in-depth legal research
and analysis, and drafting judicial decisions. This position
offers extensive exposure to asylum and deportation law
and an excellent opportunity to improve research, writing,
and analytical skills.
Location: Immigration Court - EOIR
55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603
Qualifications: 2L or 3L
Coursework and/or volunteer and clinical experience in immigration
law preferred; United States citizenship required
Dates: January to May 2009 (federal and school holidays
16 hours per week during school semester
Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, copy
of recent transcript (unofficial is accepted), and a brief
unedited writing sample via email or mail to:
Greta Hendricks, Judicial Law Clerk
U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
55 East Monroe St., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603
Completed applications must be received at the U.S. Department
of Justice by Friday, October 24, 2008. Interviews
will be conducted in person. Inquiries should be directed
to Greta Hendricks at (312) 353-7313, ext. 232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive law school credit for this externship, should
you be selected by the U.S. Department of Justice, you must
enroll in the law school’s Judicial Externship Program.
Please notify Professor Vivien Gross (email@example.com)
if and when you are selected as an extern.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
What is the Legal Externship Program?
LEP is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables
you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety
of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal. Externships
are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
Most public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711
license and appear in court.
Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide
variety of places. For example, some have externed at the
City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, Office of
the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission,
Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal
Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as
well as major corporations like Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
and Rush University Medical Center.
Students interested in criminal law have externed at the
U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender,
and at the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender
in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.
To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn
in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world
legal work. Most students aren’t fortunate enough to receive
a paid clerking position — or even a volunteer opportunity
— that teaches what they want to learn. LEP presents a unique
and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of
the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly
broaden your future employment opportunities.
If you would like more information about externships,
please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to set up an appointment. There are lots of different types
of opportunities in which you might be interested.
Spring 2009 Semester: Externship with U.S. Department
of Education, Office for Civil Rights
The United States Department of Education, Office for
Civil Rights, (OCR), enforces several Federal civil rights
laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex disability and age. OCR also
enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001
that prohibits the denial of equal access or a fair opportunity
to meet to, or discrimination against, any group officially
affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Our extern works
with OCR attorneys and investigators on one or more teams
in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination complaints.
The extern will also observe and participate in complainant
and witness interviews, participate in the drafting of all
documents pertinent to an OCR investigation including, letters
of notification, data requests and letters of finding. An
extern may have the opportunity to participate in local
on-site investigations, and assist with data analysis, engage
in substantial legal research and be expected to adhere
to the tight timeframes of the Department.
Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest
along with a resume and writing sample postmarked no later
than November 28, 2008 to:
Ms. Leticia Magdaleno
U. S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
500 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Applications may also be submitted by email to: Leticia.Magdaleno@ed.gov
To receive law school credit for Kent’s Spring Legal Externship
Program, please contact Prof. Gross (email@example.com).
Spring 2009 Semester: Intellectual Property (IP) Legal
Externship for IP Certificate Participants
2L and 3L applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.28.
A well-known Chicago-based national firm will select a
qualified Kent IP Certificate student for a Spring externship
in their IP division.
Submit your resume and transcript to Professor Vivien Gross
by Thursday, November 6, at noon. Professor Gross
will then forward the information to the participating firm
to make its selection.
For more information about intellectual property externship
opportunities generally, please contact Professor Vivien
Corporate Law Externship
Accenture/DLA Piper Commercial Law Externship – Spring
2009 Semester (4 credit hours)
2Ls and 3Ls
Chicago-Kent Legal Externship Program is excited to announce
this new and unusual externship, which will expose an extern
to the daily operations of the legal department at Accenture,
a commercial management consulting, technology services
and outsourcing company for half of the semester (7 weeks);
and to the commercial law practice area at DLA Piper, a
leading global law firm, for the remaining 7 weeks.
At Accenture, the extern will be assigned to a client
services group (e.g., Products, Resources, Communications
& High Tech, Financial Services) and 1-2 areas of specialty
(e.g., Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Compliance,
etc.), thereby gaining experience in legal research, drafting
and internal client management. At DLA Piper, the extern
will be assigned to one or two of the following five departments
and will participate in research, drafting or project management
assignments: Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions;
Litigation, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Real Estate.
All interested applicants should submit their resume and
transcript to Professor Gross by no later than Monday,
October 20, 2008. Professor Gross will then forward
the materials to Accenture and DLA Piper, who will make
their selection as quickly as possible to comply with law
school pre-registration timelines.
If you have any questions, contact Professor Gross at
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.